About Captain Joseph Bennett
Captain Joseph Bennett, a retired shipping merchant, was remembered as a very handsome man, stood 6 feet, his general appearance was low shoes, silver kum(?) buckles, long silk stockings, white kid breeches, blue coat and brass buttons, ruffled bosom, powder hair, and queue. He sailed a merchant vessel to India. He was the first man who brought the first umbrella to Wilmington which he gave to Lydia Ferris. On his 2nd trip he brought one to Betsy Montgomery. (Runk, p 137) He was a merchant in the importing trade with Europe and the W Indies.